Watermelon Paperback – 7 Jul 2005
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"Reading a new novel by Marian Keyes is like sitting at the kitchen table with your nicest, most confiding friend" (Daily Mail)
"To call Marian Keyes the queen of chick-lit is an understatement" (heat)
"Keyes gives popular fiction a good name" (Independent on Sunday)
"Marian Keyes has a talent for writing about ordinary things happening to ordinary people. But in Watermelon, the skill with which she weaves this tangled web is extraordinary" (Star)
"Bitter-sweet comedy" (Express)
An hilarious and bitter-sweet tale of baby-blues and fruitless men, from the UK's biggest-selling female authorSee all Product description
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This is actually my 1st time reading one of her novels (*insert shocked gasps here*)
And I'm delighted to find she writes as she speaks.
It's very chatty, and liable to rambling, but I love it.
I love how even Claire's internal thoughts and emotions are given life; they talk to each other and jockey for position in her head.
The story is brutally real (no Mills & Boon-ness here!), and tragically funny. The story should be really sad, given poor Claire's fall from grace. But it's dotted with humour which had me giggling like a fool.
Is it perfectly written without mistakes? No.
Is it going to appeal to everyone? What person does?
Do I care? Not a jot.
I'm going to be reading a lot more books by this lady.
Poor Claire… with her marriage in tatters, a newborn baby and a body that she doesn’t recognize as her own she catches the next flight back home to Dublin to her dysfunctional family. Here we are first introduced to the Walsh family! What a family they are!
I read some reviews before starting where people have remarked on Marian’s ramblings throughout the book but I really liked this, I liked reading Claire’s inner thoughts and musings and getting an insight into each character of the family and stories from their childhood. It always helps me to set the scene and picture it! But I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea!
Back in Dublin, Claire takes refuge to her bed to recoup only to fend for her baby daughter, here we witness Claire at her lowest, going through what you can only describe as mourning, and the stages from sadness to anger.
Thankfully Claire pulls through and takes back control of her life, no longer feeling worthless and knowing she and her daughter deserve better than James.
Here she meets Adam, a friend of her sister Helen; Adam is younger, shy and very very cute! Adam takes an interest in Claire and they hit it off from their first meet. After bumping into each other away from her family you could clearly see an interest for them both. I felt that the attention from Adam was exactly what Claire needed to give her the confidence and the boost to feel like her again.
I guess I should speak about James at some point…! We hate him by the way, what a horrible man… I won’t spoil for you with what happens between Claire and James, as you know from the synopsis James does return to Claire most probably realizing that the grass isn’t always greener. Few scenes when he returned made me angry which shows how well Marian writes her characters, James was written very cleverly the way he could change Claire’s confidence in herself. Anyway enough about James!
I liked the ending of this story, it wasn’t exactly how I imagined it planning out, the story is a little predictable so the end part did throw me but that’s what’s great about Marian Keyes, she always does like to keep you on your toes.
Despite the sad storyline and the situation Claire was in, the story was full of humour and comical moments which I really enjoyed. I cannot wait to get started on reading the rest of the books from the Walsh family.
In Watermelon there's far too many conversations with the main character, Claire, talking to herself. When other characters are involved, the book improves.
The plot is quite simple- Claire is giving birth to her daughter, with her husband James present. James then tells Claire he is leaving her for another woman and Claire returns to the family home in Ireland in shock. The storyline revolves around the months of Claire coming to terms with her 'loss' and what happens next. As with all Keyes' books there's a good deal of humour, paralleled with heartbreak. The comical moments are what this author is renowned for. She's a talented writer, with sharp wit. This is worth reading but as I mentioned, her books get better.
I read this book about 9-10 years ago and fell in love with it. As I was traveling in New Zealand, I left it to the travellers book collection for other people to enjoy.
I couldn't seem to find it anywhere after that and was starting to wonder if I had the wrong name or made it up. 😂
I truly enjoy reading every book by Marian and I am so looking forward to reading the break and any others that some out in the future. Keep em coming Marian! Keep em coming!!